The Fire Chief assigned Incident Management Team 1 (IMT-1) to support the Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) in mid-March. IMT-1 (75 people) deployed to the Long Beach Convention Center to support the receiving, storage, packaging, and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment Countywide. In early May, logistics operations transitioned from Long Beach to the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Fire Department handed operations back to DHS and DPH. IMT-1 distributed more than 15 million items in over 3,500 shipments to over 1,200 different locations countywide. In late March, Chief Daryl Osby redirected IMT-1 to support the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative to help stand up hotels for the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) as part of the Statewide initiative, Project Room Key. Through mid-May, IMT-1 helped to successfully open 26 hotels with 2,300 rooms sheltering more than 2,000 PIH.
In early April, a portion of IMT-1 was reassigned to assist Dr. Clayton Kazan, Medical Director, his team, and nearly 75 lifeguards with the management of COVID-19 testing sites. Together, over a six-week period, they oversaw the operation of 32 testing sites, ten of which were drive-up sites, testing more than 128,000 County residents. On May 15, 2020, the IMT-1 handed testing site management over to DHS. Here is a video link the Lifeguard members created: https://vimeo.com/424160243/2ec90214c6.